PANCo Resources

Our aim is to inspire and support Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinators (PANCo), students, Early Years settings and tutors with access to the latest information, case studies, resources and expertise.

In the spirit of open sharing of information, all of the resources on this page are FREE.

Linda Baston-Pitt, CEO of PurpleBee, has been the driving force behind developing the national PANCo role and supporting Early Years settings across the UK and beyond to develop their wellbeing strategies. As co-founder of the PANCo qualification, she is keen to share her own experience and knowledge in the sector as well as providing a platform for others to share their challenges and successes.

“Together we can build the evidence we need to show that having a PANCo in your organisation makes a measurable difference to the health and wellbeing of children, staff and families. My hope is that one day every Early Years setting will have a PANCo.”

PANCos in Practice

Implementing Nutrition Policy

Examples of how PANCos are supporting healthy eating practices within their Early Years settings.

Implementing Physical Activity Policy

Examples of how PANCos are supporting physical activity and movement practices within their Early Years settings.

PANCo Pioneers Case Study

The Little Movers programme emerged from a physical activity project implemented by a nursery in Cambridgeshire.

PANCo Blog

Children First!

Children First!

If there was ever a time for policymakers to put children first, based on some of the alarming statistics that are emerging, it has to be now! Read why we support the Children First campaign.

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Are your staff happy?

Are your staff happy?

Our sector now appreciates the importance of child wellbeing as an integral part of the curriculum, but we need to ensure that our staff are also on board if we want them and our nurseries to truly flourish.

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Motivation through learning

Motivation through learning

Do you want to create a motivating environment? Then we need to think hard about how we can work harmoniously together learning in the workflow.

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PANCo Library

Public Health England Strategy 2020-2025

The PHE Strategy sets out Public Health England’s priorities for the next 5 years to both protect people and help people to live longer in good health.

WHO Guidelines 2019

The World Health Organisation guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children under 5 years of age

CMO Special Obesity Report 2019

Time to Solve Childhood Obesity – An Independent Report by the Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies

UK Chief Medical Officers’ Physical Activity Guidelines 2019

Updated Physical Activity Guidelines 2019.

Mental Health through Movement 2019

A report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a fit and healthy childhood

The Primary PE and Sport Premium 2019

A report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a fit and healthy childhood

Children’s mental health beyond the green paper: the role of practice based evidence 2019

A report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a fit and healthy childhood

The role of marketing in promoting a fit and healthy childhood 2018

A report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a fit and healthy childhood

Mental health in childhood 2018

A report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a fit and healthy childhood

Join the growing movement of nationally recognised & qualified PANCo’s in the Wellbeing Hub. Also suitable for tutors and practitioners who want to foster health and wellbeing in their early years settings

Recommended reading list

Physical Activity

The Early Years Movement Handbook: A Principles-Based Approach to Supporting Young Children’s Physical Development, Health and Wellbeing.  Lala Manners 2019

Learning through Movement and Active Play in the Early Years: A Practical Resource for Professionals and Teachers. Tania Swift 2017

Encouraging Physical Development Through Movement-Play. Carol Archer , Iram Siraj 2015

Physical Development (Supporting Development in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Jonathan Doherty, Linda Cooper 2010


Inspiring Learning Through Cooking. Suzie Strutt 2019

Helping Children Develop a Positive Relationship with Food: A Practical Guide for Early Years Professionals. Jo Cormack 2017

Early Years Nutrition and Healthy Weight. Laura Stewart, Joyce Thompson – Mar 2015

Health and Wellbeing

Supporting Children’s Health and Wellbeing Paperback – Jackie Musgrave 2017

Health and Well-being in Early Childhood Paperback –Janet Rose, Louise Gilbert, Valerie Richards 2015

Exploring Wellbeing in the Early Years. Julia Manning-Morton 2014